[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] One of many references to CalArts classroom A113[/caption]
There is a secret code that is shared amongst many of the professionals involved in animated films. All of these people studied at the same university - the California Institute of the Arts and they all spent time in the same classroom.
The famous code is A113 and this is the number that was on the classroom door for students studying graphic design and character animation. There are a number of now famous former students who are using this code in their animations. It is amazing to think that the number on a door means so much to so many people and they all share this awareness by placing the references within their films.
There are various examples, such as the Toy Story films where Andy's mum's car registration plate is A113. There have been a number of references to A113 in episodes of The Simpsons over the years. Finding Nemo is another animated film that features this famous number. In this case it appears on the camera used by the scuba diver. Monsters University is a recently released film that features the famous code and it is one that I have seen a lot as it is one of my three year old daughter's favourites. The classroom number appears on the door for the scare students. Apparently there is a reference to A113 in every Pixar film and there are many people that look out for the references in Disney and Pixar films.
The door number A113 is still in use at the California Institute of the Arts and it is currently home to the graphic design studio so presumably we will continue to see references to this famous door for many years to come. At Doorsan we are interested in all kinds of doors, but we focus mainly on selling internal and external doors.